Associate of Science - Psychology: Pre-Major

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Program Information

  • Location: Downtown Milwaukee Campus, Mequon Campus, Oak Creek Campus, West Allis Campus
  • Pathway: General Education
  • Program Code: 20-800-2
  • Offering: In-class
  • Degree Type: 2-Year Degree (Associate)
  • Start Dates: August/January

About the Associate of Science - Psychology: Pre-Major Degree

Description

Psychology encompasses all aspects of the study of behavioral, emotional, developmental and cognitive processes and employs a broad spectrum of approaches, from the social to the biological. This program reflects the diversity of psychology as a science and profession.

Department affiliations with mental health and community organization make it possible for students to integrate their academic studies with practical experience opportunities for applied research.

This pre-major program prepares students for career possibilities in psychology, education, social and welfare services, health services and industry. The program fulfills the course requirements for entering most psychology undergraduate programs. A background in psychology combined with special training in other disciplines at MATC may be especially useful in preparing for careers in human resources, culinary arts, nursing, social work, teacher education, early childhood education, accounting, architectural technician, AODA counseling, music and art.

This program provides the first two years of bachelor’s degree credit courses that can transfer to four-year colleges and universities. Students who plan to transfer should consult with the four-year college/university regarding specific requirements. Contact an MATC advisor for more information.


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Detailed Program Information

2020-21 Curriculum

Course Course Name Credits
English – 6 credits required
ENG-201 English 1 ‡ 3
ENG-202 English 2 ‡ 3
Speech – 3 credits required
SPEECH-201 Elements of Speech
(or) SPEECH-203 Interpersonal Communication
(or) SPEECH-206 Intercultural Communication
3
Humanities – 6 credits required

Select credits from 200-level courses in the humanities
(such as ART, ENG, FLANG, HIST, MUSIC, SOCSCI, SPEECH)

Three credits must be in 200-level diversity/ethnic studies courses, such as:
ENG-218‡, ENG-219‡, ENG-220‡, ENG-221‡, ENG-222‡, ENG-223‡, ENG-225‡;
HIST-210, HIST-214, HIST-215, HIST-216, HIST-217, HIST-218, HIST-219, HIST-226, HIST-227, HIST-231, HIST-235;
SOCSCI-214, SOCSCI-217, SOCSCI-224, SOCSCI-241, SOCSCI-242;
SPEECH-206

6

World/Foreign Language – 4 credits required

Select one 200-level Foreign Language (FLANG) course (or)
one year of World Language in high school with a grade of C or higher.

4
Psychology – 18 credits required

PSYCH-230 Cross-Cultural Psychology ‡
PSYCH-231 Introductory Psychology
PSYCH-232 Abnormal Psychology ‡
PSYCH-240 Health Psychology ‡
PSYCH-270 Educational Psychology ‡
PSYCH-233 Social Psychology ‡
(or) PSYCH-237 Child Psychology ‡
(or) PSYCH-238 Lifespan Psychology
(only one of these last three courses will count toward the Pre-Major)

18
Mathematics – 12 credits required

MATH-201

College Algebra ‡

4
MATH-231

Analytic Geometry and Calculus 1 ‡

4
MATH-260

Basic Statistics ‡

4
Natural Sciences – 8 credits required

Select eight credits of 200-level courses with lab from at least 2 areas of NATSCI:

Physics: NATSCI-221‡
or NATSCI-222‡
or NATSCI-274‡
or NATSCI-275‡

Earth Sciences: NATSCI-245
or pair of NATSCI-243 and NATSCI-244
or pair of NATSCI-225 and NATSCI-226

Biology: NATSCI-201‡
or NATSCI-202‡
or NATSCI-236‡
or NATSCI-257‡

Chemistry: NATSCI-211‡
or NATSCI-212‡
or NATSCI-215‡
or pair of NATSCI-217‡ and NATSCI-219‡

8
Physical Education – 3 credits required
Select any 200-level PHYED course(s). 3

TOTAL CREDITS

60

‡ Prerequisite required.

Program curriculum requirements are subject to change.

Current MATC students should consult their Academic Program Plan for specific curriculum requirements.

To see course descriptions, class times, locations or to register online:
Students already enrolled in an MATC program can visit Self Service Student Planning.
All others can access this information through INFOnline.

Important Dates

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Cost & Aid Deadlines

Also, you can find dates and deadlines on the MATC Calendar

Program Outcomes

The Associate of Science degree (AS) prepares students with the necessary academic and practical skills to complete a program of general education study and successfully transfer to a four-year college/university or to the workforce. The Associate of Science requires coursework to prepare students to enter into many different areas of study, emphasizing the Sciences, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) fields.

Specifically, program learning outcomes for graduates of the AS degree include the following:

  • Effective Communication - In writing, speaking and listening.
    This outcome is aligned with MATC’s Effective Communication Career Essential.
  • Information Literacy - Students will possess basic skills to access, evaluate, and use information technology to support academic, community, and career-related interests.
    This outcome is aligned with MATC’s Technological Competency Career Essential.
  • Global Awareness - Students will be able to explain cultural difference and its importance, identify global interdependencies, and work productively with cultural differences.
    This outcome is aligned with MATC’s Global Awareness Career Essential.
  • Analytical/Critical Thinking - Students will be able to perform analyses of messages, problems, or issues using a logically structured approach such as qualitative, quantitative, scientific, logical, critical or other human reasoning systems.
    This outcome is aligned with MATC’s Effective Problem Solving Career Essential.
  • Professionalism - Students will display the behaviors of successful students and pre-professionals, identify the individual behaviors conducive to learning and succeeding in college, and display the abilities to interact successfully in classes, with instructors, other students, and student life personnel.
    This outcome is aligned with MATC’s Professionalism Career Essential.
  • Scientific Method - Students will be able to conduct research by planning and implementing an appropriate investigative strategy and synthesize results in an academic document.
    This outcome is aligned with MATC’s Professionalism Career Essential.

    With additional education and work experience, graduates may find employment in a variety of fields and occupations.

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General Education Academic & Career Pathway
414-297-6584genedpathway@matc.edu

Downtown Milwaukee Campus, C Building, Room C210
Mequon Campus, Room A108-110
Oak Creek Campus, Room A121
West Allis Campus, Room 103

Last updated: 08/15/2020